The Pan Yoruba sociopolitical group, Afenifere has said that the yoruba nation will result to self defence against fulani who has been terrorising and killing the people of the region just for no cause and called on the president, to do the needful before the issue result to ethnic violence.
The group frown at the inhuman way at which the fulani herdsmen kill.
They therefore called on the federal government to do something urgently to end rising rate of insecurity in various parts of the country especially in the Southwest region.
The group said President Muhammadu Buhari should be proactive enough to order the arrest and prosecution of herdsmen and bandits alleged to have been in possession of unlicensed sophisticated weapons and perpetrating incessant kidnapping, killings and destruction of property nationwide.
Afenifere stated this in a communiqué issued after its monthly meeting held at the residence of its National Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
The Yoruba group cautioned that the issue of herdsmen’s attacks on travellers, farmers and residents in the Southwest region could lead to ethnic violence, if not checked.
Reading the communiqué, the
National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Mr Yinka odumakin called on the government to immediately re-address its priorities in re-defining law and order that would protect all citizens in any part of the federation.
BELOW IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE COMMUNIQUÉ:
WE MUST STOP THIS GENOCIDE
Being the communique of Afenifere General Assembly for May 2019; The General Assembly of Afenifere held today, 27th May 2019 at the Akure home of the Leader, Chief R.F Fasoranti. After exhaustive deliberations on the state of the nation, the following communique was adopted:
1 Genocide stalks Nigeria:Meeting reviewed the spate of wanton killings goIng on across Nigeria and being perpetrated largely by Fulani herdsmen/militia the only group that are in possession of unlicensed sophisticated weapons in Nigeria today without fear of any consequence as they seem to have official backing ,promotion and defense.
The killings targeted at non-Fulani groups across the country are willful and deliberate in pursuit of expansionist and conquest agenda.
And most unfortunately, the government in place has betrayed perceived complicity as we are not aware of any member of the group on trial for these monumental crimes even when Miyetti Allah has owned up to some of them.
Instead, the regime has treated them with kid gloves, making excuses for their crimes with our Information Ministry and Presidential media office being made to look like Boko Haram and Miyetti Allah media centre as they issue statements to defend these groups even when they are not defending themselves with the presidency equating Miyetti Allah with Afenifere and Ohanaeze in order to confer legitimacy on them.
And of late is the is the insensitive and impunity -inspired decision of the FG to open a Fulani Radio for the herdsmen in violation of the Federal character spirit of our constitution.
Those who have studied events in Liberia, Somalia, Rwanda and Sudan would not miss the fact that this was how events started until full-scale civil wars broke out.
To avert this destructive scenario, we call on the Federal Government to immediately readdress its priorities in these matters and begin the process of running an inclusive country while re-defining law and order so that no citizen would take the life of another and not fear for consequences.
We equally call on the international community not to stand aloof as Nigeria drives to the edge of the precipice. There is a big burden for the global community if things get out of hand in Nigeria.
2. Yoruba land under serious Siege: Meeting also frowned at the activities of the Fulani marauders all over Yorubaland in form of killings, kidnappings and rape of women.The situation has become much more frightening with the claim by a recently kidnapped Don at OAU, Ile-Ife;that he noticed that one of the policemen who stopped him at a checkpoint shortly before he was abducted made a call.He said the policeman is of the same ethnic stock with the Fulani herdsmen who kidnapped him thereafter .We want the police authorities to properly investigate this as it sends a worrying signal.
Meeting advised our people to active their traditional and communal self-defense system in the face of these existential threats .
3. We commend Obasanjo and other patriots: The Assembly took note of the recent statements by former President Olusegun Obasanjo crediting the wave of terror going on Nigeria by Boko Haram and Miyetti Allah in Nigeria to the Fulanisation project in West Africa. We commend his boldness in speaking the truth no matter how inconvenient it may be , which is the hallmark of a statesman.
We also acknowledge the forthrightness of the Nobel Laureate,Prof Wole Soyinka,Gen David Jemibewon ,Col David Bamigboye ,Ohanaeze Ndigbo,Pan Niger Delta Forum(PANDEF),Middle Belt Forum and all other patriots who have backed Obasanjo’s statement.
Meeting equally endorsed the Yoruba Summit Group position on insecurity in Yorubaland.
Afenifere states unequivocally that its only those who don’t wish Nigeria well and agents of destruction that would dismiss all these patriots as raising a false flag.